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    Here is a link from Bill for the HO-HO bus! Paris Open Tour

    Batobus Bus and Boat??? Looks interesting /// NAVETTES BATOBUS PARIS /// River-boat shuttle Service on the Seine Paris, cruise Paris
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    Dates of the Batobus service
    Service from 6 February 2009 to 30 November 2009
    Timetables

    10.30 am - 4.30 pm:
    from 6 February to 19 March

    10.00 am - 7.00 pm:
    from 20 March to 30 April

    10.00 am - 7.00 pm:
    from 01 May to 28 May

    10.00 am - 9.30 pm:
    from 29 May to 30 May

    10.00 am - 7.00 pm:
    from 31 August to 04 November

    10.30 am - 4.30 pm:
    from 05 November to 29 November

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    A Batobus every 15 to 30 minutes.

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    When I was in Paris, admission to the Louvre Museum was free the day we went there but the line was sooo long that we decided to pay anyway so we could go in immediately. I just looked it up and it is still free for all visitors on the first Sunday of each month and on July 14 too.

    Here is the link in English!

    I would highly recommend taking the opera tour. You will love Paris, Angela and Pat. Don't forget to walk the streets at night. I am excited for both of you.

    PS. Just to get you in the mood.

    http://framboise78.free.fr/Paris.htm

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    Thanks Emmy.....Great picks of paris!
    Angela

    If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

    BTW, I'm still keeping track of how many times you annoy me.

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    Thanks for all the advice everyone. We got back from Paris last night and we had a wonderful time! The only planning thing that was a waste of time for us was investigating restaurants. We just picked a place and ate where we were when we got hungry.

    The museum pass was great. We decided to get the 4-day pass. Because we planned to go to Versailles, we found the pass to be very cost effective. We also visited a number of places that we may not have ordinarily have considered but since it was "free" we figured why not. And we saw some interesting things that we probably would have skipped otherwise.

    It was also a time saver at several of the sites. At the Orangerie, for instance, there were 2 lines. We were the only people in the museum pass line and we got in before any of the people in the other line.

    We ended up using 2 Carnets, and bought the extra cost tickets for our trips to and from the airport, and Versailles. We found it very easy to get around Paris. BTW, Rick Steves recommends taking a regular city bus tour for a do-it-yourself tour and Frommer has several do-it-yourself tours in their book.

    Thanks to your recommendations and guidance, we had a fantastic experience!

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    BTW, in doing my research on restaurants, I came across an individual who lives in Paris who has some personal reviews on his own website. I asked him for his permission to post the websites here and he agreed. Thanks to Carsten Sprotte.

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    Bastille Day in Paris: Have a ball - This Just In - Budget Travel

    Series: Affordable Paris - This looks like a GREAT selection of articles - Budget Travel

    Our Affordable Paris series of blog posts is devoted to helping you get the most fun and excitement out of your trip—without blowing the bank.

    Our main contributor, Meg Zimbeck, brings tips, tricks, and advice from her home base in the 19th arrondissement. Another key contributor, Laurie Pike splits her time between Paris and L.A. She edits The Paris Blog and has freelanced for the New York Times, Variety, and Los Angeles. And for more advice, check out the complete coverage of Paris on our blog and on our site.
    July 10, 2009, 9:24 AM

    10 top free events in July and AugustComments (0)
    From outdoor concerts to movie screenings, it's going to be a fun summer in Paris. Our ex-pat blogger dishes up the best offerings.
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    July 9, 2009, 11:49 AM

    Bastille Day in Paris: Have a ballComments (2)
    The annual Bastille Day party will kick off early at 9:00 a.m. with a parade of tanks and soldiers downtown. Get the details…
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    June 26, 2009, 9:28 AM

    Paris attractions: New sky-high diningComments (0)
    Palais du Tokyo, the edgy contemporary arts museum, is offering dinner, with a rooftop view of the Eiffel Tower, starting July 1.
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    June 19, 2009, 12:58 PM

    Mama's roof is on fire!Comments (0)
    Mama Shelter in Paris's 20th arrondissement has a fun summer rooftop party series.
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    June 11, 2009, 4:46 PM

    Paris hotel watch: Falling rates at Le GénéralComments (0)
    The stylish and affordable Le General is well situated in downtown Paris near the Republique Metro stop and is on a nearly 40 percent off sale.
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    June 5, 2009, 9:07 AM

    A great Paris walkComments (5)
    If your hometown has a one-time industrial area that's recently been remade into a public park, its predecessor is this spot in Paris, which winds through the 12th arrondissement.
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    June 4, 2009, 9:02 AM

    As the dollar weakens, Paris gets pricierComments (1)
    The dollar's buying power in Paris has weakened in the past month, as the exchange rate with the euro shifts. Be careful of price quotes you see in guidebooks…They may no longer be accurate.
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    June 3, 2009, 9:24 AM

    Paris attractions: Top 5 free events in JuneComments (5)
    The only thing better than visiting Paris is being able to enjoy free events in Paris. Here's a round-up of activities for the lovely month of June.
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    May 29, 2009, 9:19 AM

    Paris attractions: Learn to cook with Alain DucasseComments (4)
    Alain Ducasse, the famous chef, has just opened a school for non-professional cooks in Paris.
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    May 15, 2009, 1:47 PM

    7 high-fashion stores you won't find on the Champs-ElyséesComments (0)
    The Rue Charlot in the upper Marais district (not far from the city's most famous sights) is home to some great boutiques. Our Paris-based blogger, Meg Zimbeck, gives a rundown.
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    May 15, 2009, 12:20 PM

    Beyond the Louvre: Paris art shows worth seeing nowComments (0)
    Enthusiastic ex-pat bloggers are covering just about everything that's worth seeing in the art scene. Find out their picks for spring and summer shows in the French capital.
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    May 15, 2009, 11:39 AM

    Great Paris 'hoods: Around the rue de BellevilleComments (2)
    The eastern Parisian neighborhood around the rue de Belleville has garnered attention as a foodie mecca. Our ex-pat blogger gives us a first-hand report on whether the district is worth a stop on your next trip.
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    May 14, 2009, 3:44 PM

    Paris bistro buzz: FrenchieComments (1)
    Get a taste of one of the most buzzed about restaurant debuts in this capital city: Frenchie.
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    May 5, 2009, 4:21 PM

    Cheap shopping in Paris—isn't it bromantic?Comments (2)
    A guide to worthwhile sales of antique furniture, charming old posters, and obscure collectables. Even if you're not in the mood to shop, these (mostly) outdoor sales offer a peek at Parisian life.
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    May 1, 2009, 10:08 AM

    Two new "designer hostels" for $40 a nightComments (8)
    Two new "boutique" hostels have opened in Paris. Trying to shed the granola image of yesteryear, both promise free Internet, clean bathrooms, and dorm beds in stylish rooms starting at $30 per night.
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    April 30, 2009, 11:54 AM

    Paris Insider: Top 5 free events in MayComments (1)
    The only thing better than visiting Paris is being able to enjoy free events in Paris. Here's a round-up of activities for the lovely month of May.
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    April 28, 2009, 4:38 PM

    Paris celebrates 120 years of the Eiffel TowerComments (6)
    To celebrate its anniversary, meals at the top of the Eiffel Tower just got cheaper. Our "Paris embed" offers some other tips for recognizing this architectural landmark.
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    April 21, 2009, 1:47 PM

    Insider's Paris: The top sidewalk cafésComments (1)
    The best sidewalk cafés in the world's best city for sipping coffee.
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    April 20, 2009, 11:59 AM

    Practical Paris: What's closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays?Comments (2)
    The city's museums are closed on certain days of the week. So before setting off on a Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday check ahead, or consult our list in this post.
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    April 20, 2009, 9:55 AM

    Great Paris Neighborhood: Quartier d'AligreComments (0)
    Anchored by a sprawling market, this district is a mix of working class families and visitors tasting the area's gastronomic delights.
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    April 9, 2009, 1:57 PM

    Museums for freeComments (10)
    In the French capital, 22 museums offer free entry daily. Other museums have free days and nights. Our ex-pat blogger reveals her favorites.
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    March 26, 2009, 4:12 PM

    French cuisine on sale nowComments (3)
    Some of Paris's finest restaurants are running great deals right now, but you have to know where to look.
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    March 16, 2009, 12:10 PM

    Slimming down the lunch bill at Paris restaurantsComments (11)
    You can get out of most Paris restaurants for around €10 a head, but it'll take a bit of planning.
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    March 13, 2009, 10:33 AM

    Speakeasy Paris: The underground restaurant sceneComments (2)
    For those who like to get their cuisine in secret.
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    March 10, 2009, 1:31 PM

    A Grand Palais in the wee hoursComments (1)
    Most people don't turn to the arts when they're looking for late-night action. Paris's national gallery is out to change that.
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    March 6, 2009, 1:22 PM

    Quick, cheap lunches are becoming easier to findComments (4)
    It's becoming cheaper and quicker to find a bite to eat for lunch in Paris. Look for these up-and-coming spots for the best in sandwiches, the latest culinary rage.
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    March 5, 2009, 2:17 PM

    Michelin restaurants for the rest of usComments (2)
    The famous foodie guide doesn't just pick $300-a-meal restaurants. It also recommends places offering good food at moderate prices. Our Paris blogger notes a few of her favorites on the list.
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    March 4, 2009, 12:00 PM

    Take a chance on a chanson performanceComments (4)
    A fine way to experience authentic French culture is to catch a performance of modern ballads, called chanson. Luckily, the shows are affordable.
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    February 26, 2009, 11:07 AM

    Drinking down at the local zincComments (0)
    It isn't the menu that defines a zinc bar, it's its slightly nostalgic feeling and its motley mix of regulars.
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    February 24, 2009, 3:02 PM

    Crêpes from street to chicComments (4)
    A guide to one of the best street foods in town.
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    February 19, 2009, 5:46 PM

    Food gifts that are light on everything but caloriesComments (7)
    Presents that won't hurt your budget or your back.
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    February 17, 2009, 6:12 PM

    Romance without the massesComments (2)
    If you want to use Paris's most famous sights as a backdrop for wooing, you're going to need a plan.
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    February 13, 2009, 11:35 AM

    Eating haute for not a lotComments (2)
    For savvy gastronomes, going to an extraordinary restaurant for lunch rather than dinner is a no-brainer.
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    February 4, 2009, 1:31 PM

    Strike! How to lessen the grief of a Paris grèveComments (9)
    January 29 marked the first French strike of 2009, and it's already being referred to as "Black Thursday." What's the best way to deal with one if it happens to you?
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    January 22, 2009, 12:41 PM

    Sunday in Paris: Where do I eat?Comments (5)
    Sunday in Paris doesn't have to mean settling for a meal of fast food. With a little planning, much better options are easy to find.
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    January 15, 2009, 3:35 PM

    Finding fun in the froidComments (10)
    There's lots to do in Paris, even when there's a chill in the air.
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    January 13, 2009, 8:42 AM

    How to find an affordable place to stayComments (19)
    Tips from a Parisian on how to book hotels and short-term apartments.
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    January 6, 2009, 5:02 PM

    Soldes out: Shopping the Paris salesComments (2)
    It's time again for France's twice-annual sales, which are a competitive sport in Paris. Give yourself a fighting chance with our tips.
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    December 5, 2008, 10:37 AM

    Restaurants and bars to visit pre- or post-LouvreComments (13)
    Getting through the Louvre can be a slog. Here are some nearby restaurants and bars to either get ready or to get a second wind.
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    November 25, 2008, 7:21 PM

    Plus Paris, too!Comments (2)
    Air France has announced that passengers can now stop over in Paris for free on all flights to Europe, Middle East, India, or Africa.
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    November 19, 2008, 11:30 AM

    "C'est Arrivé!": The Bojo is upon usComments (1)
    Beaujolais nouveau makes its appearance in France tomorrow, and that means fireworks, feasts, and, of course, lots of tastings.
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    November 19, 2008, 10:30 AM

    France: Stay chez a celebrityComments (2)
    Actress and dancer Leslie Caron wants more Americans in Burgundy. She's cut rates at her riverside inn to €99.
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    November 13, 2008, 1:31 PM

    Eating on the wild sideComments (4)
    Our Paris embed reports on the restaurant scene.
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    November 6, 2008, 10:12 AM

    Paris on the half shell: Two great places for oystersComments (4)
    Paris in the fall: a great time and place for a glass of wine and an order of raw oysters. Here are two two places worth seeking out.
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    October 31, 2008, 9:38 AM

    Le café in Paris: A buyer's guideComments (6)
    Coffee's not the main thing when it comes to going to cafés in Paris
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    October 30, 2008, 9:42 AM

    Love and shelter for less than 100 eurosComments (9)
    A couple of hotels with high style and low prices in Paris, as seen by our Paris embed.
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    July 8, 2008, 11:43 AM

    Dining wisely in ParisComments (55)
    We asked Gourmet magazine's European correspondent, Alec Lobrano, for his advice on dining cheaply but well in Paris.
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    June 19, 2008, 7:49 AM

    In Paris, secret spots for visitorsComments (8)
    The back of famous Sacre Coeur cathedral bears all the Montmartre charm of the front, but is less cacophonous and touristy. Here are Parisian sweet spots, picked by a local.
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    May 30, 2008, 8:07 AM

    Save on Paris subletsComments (7)
    In Paris, the cost of short-term sublets drops in the hot months, when locals take their own vacations in the provinces, putting their homes in the city up for rent.
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    May 20, 2008, 9:33 AM

    Shop Paris's hidden marketsComments (5)
    The most famous Paris flea markets aren't cheap. Our Paris blogger will show you where to find the best values in souvenirs. Hint: Think, brocantes (swap meets).
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    April 7, 2008, 1:04 PM

    An ace food blogger shares her perfect Parisian food dayComments (6)
    French blogger extraordinaire, Clotilde Dusoulier, took time away from her culinary adventures to talk about Paris restaurants with us.
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